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Lives of the Great Photographers

Juliet Hacking

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A detailed insight into the lives and careers of the great photographers

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In the history of photography, the lives of the major practitioners are as captivating and richly layered as the images they have left behind, many of which have become part of the cultural landscape. Yet the stories to be found behind the lens - of economic hardship, of personal tragedy, of fame won and lost - are all too often overlooked.

In Lives of the Great Photographers, thirty-eight of the most important and influential figures of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, from Ansel Adams to Madame Yevonde, are profiled in bold and compelling detail. By examining the lives and backgrounds of these often complex personalities, as well as the social and political crucibles in which their world views were forged, author Juliet Hacking also casts new light on their work. Illustrated with a portrait or self-portrait of each photographer and notable examples of their oeuvre, this lively and original publication not only provides a greater, more nuanced understanding of the featured image-makers, but also guides the reader through the key innovations, movements and developments in the story of photography itself.

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'A fascinating and entertaining book'
Black & White Photography

'Engaging, authoritative and thought-provoking'
British Photographic History

'It is with great pleasure that you discover the biographies of figures such as Claude Cahun and Madame Yevonde'
Amateur Photographer

'A must for anybody interested in the history of photography'

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Book Details

Format: Hardback

Size: 24.6 x 18.6 cm

Extent: 304 pp

Publication date: 21 September 2015

ISBN: 9780500544440

Contents List

Introduction • Thirty-eight entries • Notes, credits, index

About the Author

Juliet Hacking has been Programme Director of the MA in Photography (contemporary and historical) at Sotheby’s Institute of Art since 2006. Before that she was for three years Head of the Photographs Department of Sotheby’s in London. Juliet has worked as a visiting lecturer at the Universities of Derby and Reading and at the Courtauld Institute, and curated the exhibition ‘Princes of Victorian Bohemia: Photographs by David Wilkie Wynfield’ for the National Portrait Gallery, London.